Nonfiction

On Octavia E. Butler’s birthday, why not read some of her game-changing classics?

June 22, 2019

Active from the ’70s into the early ’00s, Butler was one of the first African American women to make an impact in science fiction. As a writer of extraordinary, painful humanity and uncompromising vision, we’d suggest that perhaps one of her only real peers is J.G. Ballard.

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Neil Gaiman on Gene Wolfe, ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 trailer, all 37 Batman TV villains, comics ‘n’ sci-fi chatter plus ‘Peanuts’ vs. ‘The Thing’

June 22, 2019

(Above: Bruce Pennington’s cover for Wolfe’s “Shadow of the Torturer”) At a time when TV adaptations of classic works of SF/F are coming fast and thick, Neil Gaiman’s appreciation of the late Gene Wolfe‘s most famous work is also a testimonial to the pleasures of simply reading: Writing in the Times Literary Supplement, Gaiman called […]

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“I just don’t want it to be the only thing people know about her”: Elana Levin on Dark Phoenix and Jean Grey as a feminist icon

June 21, 2019

Comics expert, podcaster and community organizer Elana Levin brings high-level feminist discourse and deep comics in this conversation about one the most powerful women to ever soar out of the four-color medium and into our imagination.

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Everything I know about ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ I learned from ‘B.P.R.D.’ (review)

June 19, 2019

The plot, such as it is, involves a misguided alliance between a noble scientist and cold-blooded ecoterrorists. There’s some good acting — as well as some scenery-chewing, in the literal sense as well as metaphorically.

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Miyazaki museum show, Starfleet on Mars, new ‘Dune’ TV serial, ‘Swamp Thing’ canceled, Mothra theme song and more

June 15, 2019

This week in Flotsam & Jetsam, our weekly overview of pop-cultural driftwood and sea-glass we trawled up from the Internet, its a giant heaping net full of comics, TV and sci-fi, from Dune to Star Trek, from Magneto to Miyazaki, from Swamp Thing to the execrable Alex Jones paying his dues for misusing Matt Furie’s […]

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‘Dark Phoenix’ and the persistence of Jean Grey

June 15, 2019

Marvel Girl, Phoenix, Dark Phoenix — Jean Grey is passionate, committed, and enormously powerful as a person. She’s not merely as a hero and a wielder of power, but as a moral force for human actualization.

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